Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and parts of Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, North West, Channel Country, Capricornia and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

Issued at 2:30 pm Wednesday, 2 February 2022.

Severe thunderstorms are developing throughout the state this afternoon.

Weather Situation: A very humid and unstable airmass sits over the majority of the state, with high levels of moisture extending deep into the upper atmosphere. Thunderstorms are expected to be relatively slow-moving, and activity may persist into the evening.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Roma, Charleville, Gympie, Emerald, Longreach, Clermont, Winton, Charters Towers, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe and Ipswich.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.